bagatelle

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bagatelle

1. a board game in which balls are struck into holes, with pins as obstacles; pinball
2. another name for bar billiards
3. a short light piece of music, esp for piano

Bagatelle

 

a short instrumental piece, especially for the piano. The term was first used by F. Couperin. Bagatelles for the piano were composed by Beethoven (three series of pieces), A. K. Liadov, and B. Bartok. A. Dvorak and A. Webern wrote bagatelles for instrumental chamber ensembles.

V. N. KHOLOPOVA